Deep water soloing in Dorset.

A crowd of us headed to Swanage for Gary’s birthday weekend and enjoyed some fantastic climbing on the cliffs at Conner Cove and Stair Hole. Troubled Waters, The Conger, Freeborn Man, Fathoms, The Maypole and Horny Little Devil were all climbed during the weekend. I was delighted with an ascent of The Conger after falling off a couple of years ago. Fathoms was an awesome climb with an exciting finish and I fell of Horny Little Devil just before the great no-hands kneebar rest. My camera battery died on arrival so thanks to Barra and Mike Robertson for the photos from the UKC gallery. I hope they don’t mind me showing them here!

The Conger (Photo by Barra)

The Conger (Photo by Barra)

Fathoms (Photo by Mike Robertson)

Fathoms (Photo by Mike Robertson)

Posted: July 26th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Deep Water Soloing, Sea Cliff Climbing, Swanage | No Comments »

Teaching climbing to teenagers.

Out of 30 13-14 year old pupils from a secondary school with 82% A-C GCSE results, 10 let go of the dead rope, apparently lacking a basic perception of danger and a sense of responsibility when looking after fellow pupils who were climbing up to 12 metres above the ground. Why is this? What is it about our education system and our society that produces many teenagers with little common sense?

Posted: July 16th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Education | No Comments »

Trad climbing course in The Peak District.

I took Rik and Dom to The Peak for two days of climbing at Stanage. Their aim was to learn how to place natural protection and set up belays. They seconded Black Hawk Hell Crack and Black Hawk Traverse by way of an introduction. Then we got stuck into the leading coaching with me on a fixed line alongside them to advise on gear placements. Over the two days they led the lay-back corner of Castle Crack, Leaning Buttress Crack, Hollybush Crack, the wonderful Christmas Crack, Right Twin Crack and three shorter un-named lines, giving them a total of 4 leads each, ranging from Very Difficult to Very Severe.

Here’s what Rik had to say after the course:

“Thanks again for the help and advice this weekend. It was very worthwhile.”

Stanage

Stanage

Black Hawk Hell Crack

Black Hawk Hell Crack

Hollybush Crack

Hollybush Crack

Topping Out

Topping Out

Posted: July 12th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Peak District, Trad Climbing | No Comments »
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